The Utah Rep in Murray, UT is presenting the Utah premiere of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE, a brilliant musical that really speaks to twenty and thirty-somethings and their rather complicated romances! The show, which opened off-Broadway in 2006, is a modern musical twist on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. Set in New York City, this story revolves around how a young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them. The Utah Rep production opened March 22 and continues through April 5 at the Murray Theatre.
Ashley Ramsey, the director of the Utah Rep production is passionate and very articulate on her feelings for the show. Here are her Director’s Notes, from the Rep’s press release:
A few years back I was browsing iTunes when the i love you because cast recording was recommended as an album I might like. I took a chance and bought it. I quickly fell in love with the fun songs and the relatable characters.
As the album progressed, I realized that this wasn’t just a fun story but that this was everyone’s story. The story of friendship and love, and sometimes how those lines blur, is played out in a way that everyone could relate to. The idea of learning to love someone not in spite of their faults but because of them is such a wonderful idea.
As humans, we are all beautifully quirked and marked with the scars and bumps of life experiences. As relationships blossom and we get to know those in our lives, those marks can became so apparent. It’s easy to doubt if we can love or be loved in spite of those things. But if we can learn
to love everything about ourselves and those in our lives, how much more deep would that love be?
As we watch the i love you because characters search for love and come to realize what love really means and even lose that love, we are reminded of the journey that life is. On that journey we all have our baggage, now it’s just a matter of finding someone who completes our set.
—Ashley Ramsey, i love you because Director
Watch the Utah Rep Preview Video for I LOVE YOU BECAUSE!
I LOVE YOU BECAUSE features music by Joshua Salzman and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham, beautifully delivered in the Utah Rep production with a talented cast of eight (the show can be done with six) and an A-List production team.
The Utah Rep production plays now through April 5th, 2013. Click Here for tickets and Information.